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Hasheem Thabeet to be assigned to the D-League

Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:48 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Back to the D-League for Hasheem Thabeet, via the Houston Chronicle. Not exactly a sentence you expect to write about a former No. 2 overall pick.

Thabeet, who was acquired from Memphis in a trade for Shane Battier, is on his way to the Rockets' D-League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He wasn't expected to make an impact with the Rockets and after playing only four minutes with his new team, a trip to the D-League is the only way he's going to see the floor.

Thabeet is just the latest example that if you're 7-3 and can block a shot, you can get an NBA contract. Thabeet was the highest ever pick assigned to the D-League when the Grizzlies sent him down last year. Now he's the highest ever pick assigned twice.

But the thing about Thabeet is, and will always be, that you can see the potential. Not for greatness or anything, but the skill and instincts are there. He has ability. He's horrific offensively, soft inside, doesn't rebound well for his size and just gets in the way offensively, but in terms of protecting the rim, he's pretty good at it.

Development has always been the buzzword for Thabeet and in Grande Valley it won't be any different. He really has a lot to improve on but if he realized it, he could be a decent NBA player. He won't ever be worth the No. 2 pick, but a decent backup center, he could be.

It's easy to root for Thabeet because he's a good guy and by all accounts, has a work ethic. He just hasn't put anything together yet. Another trip to the D-League probably won't change that much, but at least he'll actually see some floor time.
Comments

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Hasheem Thabeet to be assigned to the D-League

An argument of "at least he's done more than Greg Oden" or "at least he's done more than Thabeet" is hardly a ringing endorsement of either player.  For whatever reason, both are complete busts so far -- both are young though and may salvage something of a career, but not equal to #1 and #2 overall picks.



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Hasheem Thabeet to be assigned to the D-League

That is just not true.  Oden has more points rebounds and blocks than Thabeet despite playing fewer games.  Oden has been hurt and even if completely healthy likely would not have lived up to the pick especially given the success of Durant but would be a productive player.  Thabeet should never have been the second pick in the second round let alone selected where he was.  He is just 7' of garbage.



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 11:09 pm
 

Hasheem Thabeet to be assigned to the D-League

That is just not true.  Despite playing in few games Oden has more rebounds, blocks and points.  Oden has been injured too, not just a giant pile of suck.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Hasheem Thabeet to be assigned to the D-League

Well...Hes done more the Greg Olden.

Jess Sayin'


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